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The Last of the Mohic… Uh, Sorry, Romance Bandits by Anna Campbell + Giveaway!

The Last of the Mohic… Uh, Sorry, Romance Bandits by Anna Campbell It’s our last day! Romance @ Random is still standing. Phew! Thanks again to Sue for being such a fabulous hostess. With great regret we’ll collect our empty margarita glasses, stray cabana boys and red and black Bandita tinsel. We’ve had such fun here! I’m Anna Campbell (www.annacampbell.info) and I’m introducing the final six members of our merry band. For those who missed days one and two, the Romance Bandits emerged from the 2006 Golden Heart finalists. We’ve been blogging since 2007 and recently moved into beautiful new digs at www.romancebandits.com. Jo Robertson (www.jorobertson.com) writes seriously intriguing romantic suspense. Check out her latest THE AVENGER. In the meantime, [...]

Seven Wonders of the Romance Bandits Lair by Anna Campbell + Giveaway!!!

Seven Wonders of the Romance Bandits Lair by Anna Campbell We’re back, Sue! What a great day we had yesterday! Thanks again for inviting the Romance Bandits to invade Romance @ Random. As promised, no poetry today. I’m Anna Campbell (www.annacampbell.info), qualified Bandit wrangler. I’m delighted to introduce seven more Romance Bandits who are giving us a glimpse of their Holiday plans. Just in case you missed out on yesterday’s post, the Romance Bandits emerged from the finalists in the 2006 Golden Heart Award. With 19 of us (and a rather wicked Golden Rooster who is inclined to take over proceedings unless we keep an eye on him), there’s always something happening in the Bandit lair. You can find us [...]

Bandit-Palooza by Anna Campbell & Giveaway!

Bandit-Palooza Sets Sail on the Good Ship Random! By Anna Campbell The Romance Bandits are taking over Romance @ Random for the next three days. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s gonna be a rocky ride. Happy Holidays, Sue! Thanks so much for inviting the Romance Bandits to play. It should be a fun visit (for us, anyway!). We’ve already booked you a massage with Sven the lair’s resident masseur and Paolo, who’s proven creative with tequila, is concocting a special Sue Grimshaw margarita. Oh, no, he just drank it. Bad Paolo! Bad! Now it’s back to the drawing board. And don’t think that hiccupping at me gets you off the hook, ragazzo! So over the next three days we’re taking a [...]

Growing up in the 80s By Marquetta + Giveaway!!

As a kid, I was a tomboy but that didn’t mean that I didn’t want the newest Barbie or the latest doll. I would get excited when the JC Penney Big Christmas catalog would arrive in the mail. I would spend hours going through the book and daydreaming about which Barbie I would get and what outfits she would wear. Granted, we didn’t have a lot of money so I knew that my daydreams were just that – dreams. But if I could get at least one of the Barbie’s I coveted, it would be a fantastic Christmas. Every year I would get a new Barbie and every year my bratty brother would break her. It got to the point [...]

Release Week, something everyone should experience + E-Reader giveaway!!!!

Release Week Wrap Up, by Jessica Scott On Facebook It’s been almost 3 weeks since Because of You debuted here at Romance at Random. I’ve got to tell you, I really had absolutely no idea what published authors were always talking about when they said don’t plan on doing anything during release week. Honest to goodness, what else could there be to do? I wrote the book, worked through revisions. Did a few pre-positioned blog posts. Honestly, who would have thought release week was such a major, overwhelming event? Yeah, it really was. And please, in no way take this as a complaint, because I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat: I am thrilled at the excitement I [...]

What would I do if I won a million dollars by Tigris Eden + Giveaway (not a million dollars :)

What would you do if you won the lottery? by Tigris Eden I am not going to put a dollar amount on my winnings, but I will tell you this. I AM GOING TO GO BUCK WILD WITH MINE! First I would pay off all my debts, you know the ones I’m talking about that pesky mortgage and then of course that school loan that drives me madly insane every time I see it in my mailbox. Then I would travel all around the world, by taking one of those 180 day cruises. I know what you’re thinking, where is that expensive sports car, or that wardrobe I’ve always wanted, well I’ll get to that, first I want to travel [...]

Random Thoughts with Stefanie Sloane – Exclusive!

The Girl’s Gotta Have It! Peeps, I have a confession to make: I am not a patient person. Typically, this does not work to my advantage—nor anyone else’s, for that matter. But there’s a first time for everything! See, I’m the type of reader who looks early and often for new books. A premise might interest me. Or a gorgeous cover. Maybe the author’s background or a glowing quote from one of my favorite writers. Whatever it is, it captures my attention and will not let loose, even if the book isn’t due out for months. Months? Months! Argh! How can I be expected to wait when all I want are the words in my hot little hands? Well, turns [...]

Cyber Mania! So, what did you buy? + Giveaway!

Results for #CyberMonday based on the Twitter feed was crazy!! Verizon, Best Buy, and more — you name it they were there . . the question is, were you? Electronics are some of the biggest sellers, for both Black Friday & Cyber Monday! The media posted that 2011 Black Friday was the best it has been in years, since 2007 based on some reports! News articles were showing a 6.6% increase (or thereabouts depending on the article)!! Amazon says…they sold four times as many Kindle…as a year ago! Cyber Monday results were double digits — some reports show as high as 15%!! Battlefield 3 was another big bestseller – Zumba was another sought after item . . . Movies were [...]

Romance and Realism +Giveaway!

Romance and Realism by Sarah M. Anderson I love a good cowboy-and-American Indian story. In my debut novel, A Man of His Word, I took two people from different worlds—one Native American, one white—stuck them together, and watched how their differences created all sorts of sparks. There are dangers to this kind of story, however. First, I’m not an American Indian. A lot of research goes into getting the cultural issues right without offending. The second danger is in the subject matter itself. Many people watched the recent 20/20 report A Hidden America: Children of the Plains and saw the depth of poverty on many American Indian reservations today. Alcoholism runs rampant, education rates are abysmal, and suicide is at [...]

Contemporary Native American Stories + Giveaway!

Contemporary Native Americans by Michele Stegman We are all curious about how other people live. It’s why archaeologists dig up burials, why the paparazzi follow famous people around, and it’s one of the reasons we read fiction—to get a glimpse of how other people live. In historical romances, Native Americans live a different lifestyle from other Americans. The author often gives us a picture of that lifestyle gleaned from anthropological reports, historical records, and old photographs. It is also often terrifying for the heroine of a romance book if she happens to get captured by Native Americans. There was a long-standing war between natives and incoming European-Americans, after all. The men were warriors and hunters, yet lived in communion with [...]

Weekly Winners –

Winners on Romance At Random Hi everyone! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: romanceatrandom@randomhouse.com so we can get you your book! Or email if you prefer a digital copy. Authors that may have offered a giveaway during the week will post their winners on those posts in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included! Now . . . R@R’s Weekly Winners . . . Congrats to all: 1- Lillmissmolly 2-QuiltLady 3- OliviaKelly 4-MaryGuidry 5-CherylStanford and a few more for Thanksgiving – Thankful for our R@R commenters: Ruth DeborahR TrishJ Don’t miss, debut Cecilia Grant & her new [...]

Perfect Timing & Giveaway!

Perfect Timing! Have you ever tried to read a book and just can’t get into it? It doesn’t catch you, you read several pages but you can’t even recall what you’ve just read? Do you put the book down? Do you force yourself to read it? Even worse, what happens if it’s your favorite author??? I’ll admit this has happened to me a time or two. But later when I finally pick up the book again, I discover it wasn’t the author, the book or anything else that influenced it. Most times I even ended up absolutely LOVING the book! It was all in the timing. Perfect timing. Linda Howard is one of my favorite authors, she’s an absolute auto [...]

IF I SHOULD DIE by Allison Brennan + Giveaway!

One of my favorite things about blogging is talking about books. Writers are readers first, and I discovered my love of reading young. The first series I remember was Trixie Belden. Now, Random House is reissuing the series. My copies, all in trade paperback, are yellowed and well read, and my 8-year-old daughter is now reading them. After Trixie, I graduated to Nancy Drew, then moved to Agatha Christie by the time I was 11. Sure, I read Judy Blume and Paula Danziger and Lois Duncan and many other “young” young adult books, but there were very few books published for tween and teen-age girls in the 70s and 80s. Today, my kids have a far bigger selection of YA [...]

Weekly Winners !

Weekly Winners! Winners on Romance At Random Hi everyone! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: romanceatrandom@randomhouse.com so we can get you your book! Authors that may have offered a giveaway during the week will post their winners on those posts in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included! Now . . . R@R’s Weekly Winners . . . Congrats to all: 1- Sheila 2-Kandy 3- Jenn 4-Connie 5-The Book Queen Until next week – happy romance! SueG

Everybody’s good at something – what are you good at? + Giveaway!

Everybody’s good at something – what are you good at? By Cassandra Carr I think at some point most everybody’s mother said to them, “Everybody’s good at something, honey, you just have to find out what that is for you”, or some version of those words. Well, in this case, Mom was right. Everybody is good at something. Maybe you can write – thanks for the writing gene, by the way, Mom! (She’s also a writer.) Or maybe you’re good at decorating cakes. Doing cross-stitch, playing football, taking apart a computer and putting it back together – the point is, everybody has something they’re good at. So what are you good at? Do you take the time to nurture what [...]

Climbing Into Your Character’s Skin + Giveaway!

Climbing Into Your Character’s Skin ‘Stay in your skin’ is a phrase my shifters use in my Feral Warriors series. It means keep your claws and fangs from erupting. Stay in control. But that phrase has a slightly different meaning for me, as the writer. To me, it means keeping my characters real and true to who they are. In my case, I’m not staying in my skin so much as staying in theirs. So who are the Feral Warriors? They’re the last nine shape-shifters left in the world, each of whom shifts into a different animal—lion, hawk, wolf, jaguar, viper, etc. All are warriors, all are alpha males—big, strong, and dangerous. But each is also an individual with a [...]

Weekly Winners!

Winners on Romance At Random Hi everyone! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to: romanceatrandom@randomhouse.com so we can get you your book! Authors that may have offered a giveaway during the week will post their winners on those posts in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included! Now . . . R@R’s Weekly Winners . . . Congrats to all: 1- KA Burton 2-Diane 3- Casea 4-Jennifer L 5-Kris Until next week – happy romance! SueG

For the Love of Favorites + Giveaway!!

For the Love of Favorites Holly: I am a long time fan of Hannah Howell. She was the first romance author I discovered on my own when I became an avid fan of the genre. I had been reading Julie Garwood historicals and wanted something new. I was in Walmart and saw His Bonnie Bride on the shelf. That was the beginning of the end for me. I glommed everything of hers I could find. Around the 50th-or-so Murray book, I burned out. But I still kept buying. And buying. And buying. When the mood would strike and I’d pick up a new release, I was always left disappointed. These books aren’t the Howell I fell in love with all [...]

Embrace the Highland Warrior + Giveaway!

I’ve always been fascinated with the unexplained, but when I started writing it never occurred to me to write a paranormal story. Since I’ve always loved mysteries and romance, that’s what I wrote…romantic suspense. But almost immediately, my love of the supernatural started seeping into my writing, and I found myself in a world of Secret Warriors, Ancient Evil, and Destined Love. And I love it. I love the mystery and suspense that comes with a world that isn’t quite what it seems. The second book in my Scottish paranormal series continues with the Connor Clan. Embrace the Highland Warrior tells Cody and Shay’s story. It’s a story of love, betrayal, and making peace with the past. Here’s a blurb. [...]

Alix reviews, SWEET JUSTICE by Christy Reece + Giveaway!!

SWEET JUSTICE by Christy Reece – Alix Reviews – Honor Stone is a young, idealistic FBI agent when her path collides with Seth Cavanaugh. For a girl who has never walked on the wild side, the dark and dangerous Seth is a temptation she can’t refuse. But then Seth walks out the door and out of her life. Five years later, Honor is an operative with the elite Last Chance Rescue organization and Seth is a desperate ex-cop searching for his missing niece—one of many young women who have mysteriously vanished from college campuses. Going undercover, Honor will attract the maniacal cult leader behind the kidnappings and find a way to work with Seth—while steering clear of the passion and [...]

More Than A Maverick + Gift Certificate Giveaway!

MORE THAN A MAVERICK Party with an Amazon Gift Certificate Drawing! Leanne Banks wants to know … Ever Want Something So Bad You’re Willing To Make A Fool Of Yourself? I have… more than a few times. Gotta say that cutting loose and giving it all I’ve got produces a rush that can’t be beat. My family once went to a Dixie Stampede dinner where people from the audience became part of the act by participating in competitions. I was one of those chosen and I was supposed to take part of a relay and since I know I run like a girl, I pulled off my shoes and dug my bare feet into the mud and ran. Another, much [...]

Books you re-read + Giveaway!

Books you re-read . . . . Why do you re-read a book? Many of us re-read books because we forgot something about them and wanted to refresh our memories, or we were looking for something new to buy & nothing had really triggered our interest, or we just wanted to re-read the story because it was such an enjoyable book, right? Historical romances seem to be some of my favorite re-reads – Stephanie Laurens, Cynsters, Devil, Rafe, all of those heroes keep me coming back to that series. Julia Quinn’s, Bridgertons, is another one that I love to go back to time & time again and immerse myself. Something in those books resonates with us to make them books [...]

A Writer in a Different SubGenre…+ Giveaway!!

Part one: Subgenres of Romance By Stacey Agdern I was talking with a friend of mine, author Isabo Kelly, and it came up in conversation that her new release, Brightarrow Burning is a fantasy despite the fact that she’s known as a Science Fiction author. She was worried about this, but I reminded her that her style…her voice, came through in what she writes. After talking with her, I started to think about this idea a bit further, and it’s true. Despite the differences required when a writer switches subgenres, or even genres as a whole, a writer’s voice always comes through. Anybody who reads the JD Robb series can spot Nora Roberts in the way Eve, Roarke and the [...]

Tell us about your job? + Giveaway!

Tell us about your job? xesands I have the best job in the world – I truly do. I get to read amazing stories and then embody the author’s intent with my voice, bringing a deeper level of intimacy and connection to the reader’s experience. It’s heaven. What background does one need to become a narrator? First and foremost, you must both love to tell stories and be a natural storyteller (they don’t always go hand in hand). You need to have that drive to entertain, to truly bring your audience along on a experiential journey via the retelling. I feel very fortunate that my father is a natural storyteller who turns every interpersonal interaction into entertainment upon the retelling; [...]

The Book Reading Gals + Giveaway!!

The Book Reading Gals As lovers of romance we are thrilled to spend a day with you talking about a few of the things that we recently discussed among ourselves. I know you have all thought of these questions we are interested to know what you like and what you would do. It’s a cold and rainy day and you don’t have to go anywhere you can spend the day doing nothing but reading. Do you pick up an old favorite or reach for something that you have never read before? What book is it? Melanie I would forget everything I have to read and grab something that has been worn in. I am thinking of The Hot Zone series [...]

WEEKLY WINNERS!!

Winners on Romance At Random Hi everyone! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to romanceatrandom@randomhouse.com so we can get you your book! Authors that may have offered a giveaway during the week will post their winners on those posts in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included! Now . . . R@R’s Weekly Winners . . . Congrats to all: 1- LindaC 2- Lauren 3- Viki 4- Audra 5- Eva Thanks so much for joining us at Romance At Random — 5 more winners will be chosen next week so stop on by!! Happy Romance, SueG

Cool Words . . . Hip Words . . .? + Giveaway!!

Hi all! I was writing up our post for today & one thing came to another before I suddenly realized that I didn’t know if cool, is still, a ‘cool’ word, or, a ‘hip’ word, or, the ‘in’ word people use these days. That, I must say, really bothered me. Although, in my mind, I’m still ‘cool’, ‘in’, but really, I never was very ‘hip’, . . . so where, when, did I lose touch with today’s lingo? I cannot believe this has happened. HELP!! Romance Readers unite! Help me enhance my vocabulary with the in words . . . do you know what they are? Here are few I found on Google – thank God for Google! sweet! means [...]

Weekly Winners – Congrats!

Winners on Romance At Random Hi everyone! Thanks again for blogging with us this week — winners are below & if you are one, please send your snail mail to romanceatrandom@randomhouse.com so we can get you your book! Authors that may have done a giveaway during the week will post their winners on their posts in the comment section — so take a look to see if you’re included! Now . . . R@R’s Weekly Winners . . . Congrats to all: 1- Agatha 2- Wandering Hues 3- Kim H 4- Blackwatermama 5- Julie MC & 2 extras for fun! 6- MaudeA 7- Kelly Thanks so much for joining us at Romance At Random — 5 more winners will be [...]

Chick lit and women’s fiction is there a difference? Plus – Giveaway!

Today, I want to talk about chick lit and women’s fiction. Chick lit is geared more towards younger, college-aged women. Even the covers of these books are brighter and appeal to the younger crowd. These type novels are meant for entertainment purposes only. It’s not intended for the reader to walk away with some lesson that they could use in their own life. No, this type of novel is just to keep the reader engaged and entertained. Women’s fiction tends to be for the more mature woman who’s ready to roll up her sleeves and get into a story – a story in which she could possibly gain lessons and apply those lessons to her own life. It doesn’t really [...]

Guilty Pleasures Plus Giveaway!!

Guilty Pleasure Reads…Prepare to Defend Yourself… Even If You Don’t Have To In last month’s blog I surprised myself by responding to a commenter by saying “I’ll admit…” I’ll admit? As if I perhaps shouldn’t?? Because what? Because of what someone might say or think? I unashamedly read romances, but yet I felt I had to qualify my response in order to make myself feel less guilty… I’ll say it again; I’m a Twilight addict, a Twihard. As in I read and enjoy rereading the Twilight Saga. All of them. Even Breaking Dawn… Why did I feel this way? I’ve always been able to freely admit I love to read romances. I used to have discussions with my first book [...]